Your next job will likely come by way of a contact, so you better start mingling. Here, former banking exec Sallie Krawcheck, who owns 85 Broads, a global network for professional women, reveals how to schmooze your way to the top.
1. Think broad, not deep.
"Women tend to fall into the 'best friend syndrome.' We invest deeply in our friendships and conflate casual relationships with shallow ones. But your acquaintances play a crucial role in your career. Someone you see only twice a year may know about opportunities you haven't heard about."
2. Cast a wider net.
Networking within your profession won't take you very far. "You're aiming for reach-friends, classmates, neighbors. Plant a lot of seeds."
3. Don't make it all about you.
People approach career opportunities the way they do social ones: Nobody wants to hang out with, let alone help, someone who is overtly self-serving. "At the end of the day, what we're talking about is being sociable."